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Prof. Dr. med. Mechthild Papoušek

Fachärztin für Psychiatrie und Neurologie
Apl. Prof. für Entwicklungspsychobiologie
Eltern-Säuglings- und Kleinkind-Psychotherapie


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Mechthild Papoušek, M.D. (1966, University of Tübingen) originally specialized in Adult Psychiatry and Neurology (1974) and Developmental Psychobiology.

Together with her husband, Hanuš Papoušek (Pediatrician, Professor of Developmental Psychobiology), she enjoyed intense scientific collaboration at the Max-Planck Institute for Psychiatry in Munich (1976 to 1988). Her research interests focused on preverbal communication, infant vocal and musical development, infant-directed speech, and intuitive parenting. Her scholarly work was enriched and stimulated by research fellowships: at the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School (1971/72) and at the Laboratory of Comparative Ethology, National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, Bethesda, MD. (1985/86).

From 1989 to 2005 she served as head of the Munich Interdisciplinary Research and Intervention Program for Fussy Babies at the Institute for Social Pediatrics and Youth Medicine, University of Munich. The program combined scientific and applied clinical ap-proaches to preverbal disorders of behavioral and emotional regulation and other risks of infant mental health, including infant neglect and abuse, prenatal stress, maternal postpartum depression and other mental illness, attachment and relationship disorders.

Since 1993 the program also includes an ongoing interdisciplinary training curriculum for infant mental health professionals in interaction guidance and parent-infant-psychotherapy.

Mechthild Papoušek obtained her habilitation degree and Associate Professorship of Developmental Psychobiology at the Institute for Social Pediatrics, Pediatric Department, University of Munich (1993). She received the Arnold-Lucius-Gesell Award at the University of Munich together with her husband (1998), and, in 2010, both the René Spitz Award of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, WAIMH, and the Bavarian Or-der of Merit.

She has been a longstanding member of ISIS, SRCD and WAIMH as well as founding member and first president of the German-speaking Association for Infant Mental Health (GAIMH) from 1996 to 2000.

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